Below are the typical Music course selections at each grade level. Check course descriptions for course details and prerequisites. Please contact the Band Director if you have any questions. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB examination.
Band Director: Rob Jacoby
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CHORUS - 1 year, 1 credit
The Chorus is open to all students upon middle school recommendation. The Chorus prepares two annual concerts. Students are also expected to participate in any local, county, or state function provided that three week notice is given. The Chorus may also perform at competitions and festivals. The student should be aware that there are evening rehearsal requirements and individualized instruction during the day. Two special programs exist: Holiday Concert Choir and Spring Concert. These dates are published on the District Calendar and students are expected to attend.
BAND -1 credit, 1 year
The Alexander Hamilton Junior/Senior High School Band is open to all students based upon middle school recommendation. The band performs two concerts per year; in these concerts music is performed from the standard and the educational repertoire. In addition, members are expected to participate in any local, county, or state function, provided appropriate notice has been given. Most of the dates are published on the District Calendar and students are expected to attend.
MUSIC THEORY – 1 credit, 1 year
Have you always wondered what all of those dots, lines, and collection of markings mean on a printed piece of music? Or why one song or composition sounds so different from another? Music Theory will introduce students to the fundamental components of music including note values, staff notation, pitch, rhythm & meter, scales, key signatures, time signatures, basic music dictation and ear training. Music Theory will also explore melody and harmony basics, and how composers use them to create their musical compositions. This course will advance the students’ knowledge of scales, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, harmony & counterpoint, culminating in the student using music notation software to compose, arrange, and notate their own compositions. Music Theory is designed for all levels. It will serve to provide the serious music student with the materials necessary to take entrance exams when applying to music conservatories and colleges and university music departments.